“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.”
This is a famous line from the movie Pulp Fiction, it is attributed falsely to the Bible and Ezequiel 25:17, anyone who has watched the movie would know that hitmen Jules would recite this just before killing his intended victim. Trivia buffs might know that this line is an almost word for word copy from an earlier movie Karate Chiba in 1979 where Sonny Chiba plays a bodyguard that says this. Putting that aside the message contained within those words are something that we all should perhaps reflect upon.
As we are seeing currently with the ObamaCare roll-out and its noble goal of achieving health insurance for all, the inequities of man got in the way. So lies were told, bribes were given and we are left with a product that is having the complete opposite effect of its intended goal. Millions are losing their health insurance, though they were promised that would not happened and others are finding that the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare official name is anything but Affordable. There are other assurances that looking at them now, may also be in jeopardy as other parts of the law have yet to take effect.
But it goes beyond the deceitful way used to pass the law, it is also how people were demonized because they disagreed and had the temerity of voicing that disagreement, or warning that has happened would happen. Great vengeance was used against those who tried to warn others, against following this path. People were intimidated, the IRS was used against others, reporters were harassed or silenced in an effort to conceal what many knew but were too afraid to mention.
The same thing happened during the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman Case, from the on-set is was clear that though tragic it was a case of self-defense. You may be for gun control, you may see Zimmerman as stupid for following Mr. Martin or whatever but it was clear that whether Zimmerman was the initial aggressor or not, at the time of the shot it was self-defense. The jury also saw it that way and reached a verdict accordingly, that should have been the end of it. That it has not has little to do with the merits of the case or non-case in this instance but with men who have inserted other agendas into the case.
As the States codified their laws many used the English legal system which had codified a “duty to retreat” and negated any “self-help” instead it asked for a “civil resolution” of the matter dating back to 1381. Some states did not adopt this and instead used the doctrine establishes the doctrine that when a person, being without fault and in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel force by force, and if, in reasonable exercise of his right of self-defense, his assailant is killed, he is justifiable. This was specially true for frontier States and rural areas where getting a civil resolution was difficult, at best.
SYG laws are in force in 30+ states if not by statute by precedent, other States such as New York rather hypocritically, have Battered Wife Laws which ” lethal force can sometimes be justified even if the threat may not appear immediate,” removing the “duty to retreat.” Georgia’s law says a person is justified in threatening or using force if they believe it is necessary to protect himself or another person, but its ambiguity has led the Jesse Jackson Rainbow PUSH Coalition to sue the state to abolish the law as people have been convicted and freed by similar circumstances using the same statute. Read article:
The complaint was filed Monday in Atlanta by The Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which was founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., and says the 2006 law is applied unevenly and allows people to use deadly force in self-defense as a preventive measure rather than as a last resort. The complaint also says the law is particularly harmful to racial minorities.
“The Act does not account for societal and cultural biases which result in a presumption of criminality (or presumptions of victimization) against certain socio-economic and ethnic groups which results in the unequal allocation of the presumption of the presentation of an eminent threat sufficient to justify the use of deadly force,” the lawsuit says.
The complaint here is one that was made against the SYG Law in Florida that it is a license to kill minorities. CBS news and other media outlets had a headline that “Justifiable Homicides” had nearly tripled since Florida’s law was passed. This appears to substantiate the claim against the law but if you look at the numbers; the average went from 12 to 35 in that time but that has nothing to do with the law itself. According to the Tampa Bay Times who accumulated all this information since the law’s inception there have been 119 deaths which have the defendant used the SYG law as a defense, that works out to 17 cases a year. Of those 44 have been convicted and 75 found justifiable, so in reality we can say that the increase is 9 per year, hardly 3 times as claimed. Of those 75 “new” justifiable deaths 25 were black defendants who also got acquitted at 64% compared to the White defendant’s 62% success rate. It appears on further examination that the law is not only equitable to everyone but preferential of black defendants. Here’s link to all the stats, thanks to Tampa Bay Times.
In the 80’s crime was rampant in the inner cities, civil rights groups like the NAACP, Urban League and others demanded solutions. The advocated stiffer penalties for drug dealers, specially those that dealt Crack Cocaine which was wrecking havoc in their communities. The supported mandatory sentencing laws, strict gun control laws with mandatory sentences for offenders, more cops and other tough on crime measures. That was then, this is now an unintended result of this war on crime is the disproportionate impact on the black population, particularly young black males. I can cite statistics but most have already heard them ad nauseam, this happened at the same time that the black community continued its pursuit of separating from the rest of the American society.
Many of todays civil rights leaders became infamous for promoting this separation and blaming its ills on their communities own lack of progress, advancement and poverty. Russell Simmons, Jay-Z., Dr. Dre to name a few used this to advance themselves by promoting and emphasizing what they saw as American Society’s lack of interest and support in their community. Rather than look inside, the community has blamed everyone else. That is why civil rights groups, such as Rainbow Coalition oppose that which they at one point demanded. SYG laws even if repealed will not aid the community, not like they intend anyhow. Repealing the law might mean that dozens of black assailants will not get shot at, but addressing the wider issue of why Black Americans are more violent could save millions. Stereotypes cannot survive in a vacuum, blaming racism for stereotypes will only get you so far, at some point those issues will have to be address, internally.
Many have claimed righteousness in the continued persecution of Zimmerman, after all who can defend a “child killer”. How many have stop to think that Zimmerman and his 9mm was the shepherd who tried to keep his flock safe and that the evil men are those that excuse violent behavior, promote a lifestyle that while profitable for them leads the sheep to slaughter. Sometimes the path of the righteous is not so apparent.